The Tragic Death Of Mahlon Reyes From Deadliest Catch

Avid watchers of the Discovery Channel reality series Deadliest Catch are no stranger to tragedy. With the deaths of a half-dozen cast members over the years, unfortunate events have struck the fan base time and time again. Captain Phil Harris, Keith Anderson and Tony Lara are just some of the show's significant personalities who have died in recent memory, but cast member Mahlon Reyes is the latest to fall victim to what some fans call the Deadliest Catch curse.

According to IMDB, Reyes worked as a deckhand on the boats Seabrooke and Cape Caution, and starred in 14 episodes. A representative from the Discovery Channel confirmed the death in July. He died in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana after experiencing a heart attack. According to his wife (per TMZ), the reality star reportedly survived the heart attack, but never regained consciousness after he was hospitalized. It was decided that Reyes would be taken off life support one day later, and was pronounced dead on July 27 this year, surrounded by friends and family. He was 38 years old, and is survived by his wife, Heather Sullivan, and four children.

He was 38 years old

The Discovery Channel issued a statement regarding the untimely passing of the star, writing, "So sad, he was so young. Our thoughts and prayers to his family," according to USA Today. The death shocked friends, family and countless fans around the world as none were aware of any pre-existing medical conditions.

According to TMZ, the boathand was recovering at home from a recently torn Achilles tendon (an injury from crabbing on the boat) and was doing "everything he could" to get back to the seas for another crabbing season.

"On Sunday night our family together made the hardest choice we've ever made and that was to remove him from life support. Mahlon's body was tired and had put up an amazing fight. He was the strongest guy we knew," Reyes' family wrote in a memorial Facebook page for him. "He was surrounded by so much love." Reyes' wife told USA Today that some of his ashes will be spread in the Bering Sea and in Montana's Swan Range mountains — "two of his favorite places."